The Battle of Bråvalla (also known as Bråvallaslaget) is a mythical war that is mentioned in several different sources, although in some varied forms. The lyric is based upon the fornaldarsaga ”Sagobrottstycken om några fornkonungar i Dana- och Sveaväldet” (Sögubrot af nokkrum fornkonungum í dana ok svíaveldi).
The battle is descripted as the largest battle that ever took place in the North and it stood between the Danish King Harald Hildetand and the Swedish King Sigurd Ring who both had gathered the foremost fighters from all Nordic coutries. The Battle of Bråvalla was planned to be Hildetands last battle and also one last opportunity to avoid ”sotsängen” (death due to sickness or age) in favor of a more honorable death.
Hildetand had for long been a follower of Odin but when he saw the ”fylking” of the Swedish army (a battle formation that only Hildetand and Odin knew about) he realize that Odin would give the victory to Ring.
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